Now Open: Candour Brings Old-School Hip-Hop And Rap-Inspired Cocktails To Peel Street
After a months-long delay, the long-awaited Candour, a new bar and lounge replacing the old 65 Peel space in Soho, is finally open. Part of the fledgling Common Abode hospitality group, Candour pays homage to the early days of hip-hop, when the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. reigned supreme.
Chief among the bar's offerings are its cocktails. Conceived by beverage consultant Chanel Adams and designed in tribute to the hugely influential artists and songs that arose from hip-hop's formative years, the drinks list includes such creations as the Sazerac-inspired E.A.R.L. (HK$128), named after the autobiography of the late DMX; the alluringly coloured Icy Grl (HK$118), dedicated to the hip-hop queens of Brooklyn; and The Cannon, a remix of the dirty martini with a head of salted foam.
Meanwhile, the food menu comes courtesy of group executive chef Karisa Cheque, who has ideated a selection of bar bites that borrow from Chinese-American fare. Highlights include a decadent starter of caviar with blinis and wasabi sour cream; hot dog with sous-vide octopus, teriyaki sauce, potato and egg mayo, and gremolata; and the pineapple bun chicken burger, which sandwiches a deep-fried chicken thigh, homemade beetroot mayo and pickled cauliflower between the ubiquitous Hong Kong bun.
Candour has also launched its brunch offering, which bundles two starters, one main and one dessert for HK$298, with the option of adding on a free-flow drinks package for HK$288 and up.
“More so than trying to fill gaps within the local scene, Candour comes as a personal vision of what an ideal nightlife space looks like to us," says Common Abode co-founder Nelson Htoo. "Our cocktail selection is inspired by the energy and spirit of hip-hop, and our food menu takes on a similar riff and introduces bold yet familiar flavors. I wanted Candour to be a fluid space that can cater to both nighttime revelers and brunch-goers."
Candour, G/F, 65-65A Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2362 8100